IBM Nabs Cloud, Big Data, IoT Deal With The Weather Company
IBM announced it has struck a partnership with The Weather Company to integrate its cloud, analytics and IoT technology with weather data services.IBM and The Weather Company’s WSI Division announced a global strategic alliance under which WSI will shift its massive weather data services platform to the IBM Cloud and integrate its data with IBM analytics and cloud services. In doing so, WSI will be able to accelerate the growth of one of the largest cloud-based applications in the world, IBM said. Partnering with IBM also will enable enterprise clients and industry ecosystems to more easily integrate WSI weather data – including rapidly updated forecasts – into their operations and decision-making. Once integrated with enterprise processes, weather data can be combined with data from supply chains, customer buying patterns and other sources to create more valuable insights. Weather is a key factor in business performance – responsible for an annual economic impact of nearly half a trillion dollars in the U.S. alone, IBM said. While weather prediction is increasingly precise and granular, business systems generally assume every day is the same. As a result, knowledge of impending extreme weather disruptions – or even routine disruptions that drive well-understood behaviors and systemic reactions – don’t always trigger operational responses. Combining weather data with traditional business data and rich data from an unprecedented number of Internet of Things- (IoT) enabled systems and devices will fundamentally transform enterprise decision-making, IBM said.
The IoT and cloud computing allow for collection of data from more than 100,000 weather sensors and aircraft, millions of smartphones, buildings and even moving vehicles. WSI’s forecasting system ingests and processes data from thousands of sources, resulting in approximately 2.2 billion unique forecast points worldwide, and averages more than 10 billion forecasts a day on active weather days.